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 +====== July 2010 Questions & Answers ======
 +**By Fr. Geoff**\\ ​
 +Below are some thoughts from an American boy – Danny - who was asked to explain God.   It got me wondering how I would answer that …. I think his answers are better than some of mine!   It reminded me that I probably have more questions about God than answers and that Danny has a more honest or uncompromised view than I do.   Have a look at what Danny has written, as well as being amusing, they are very true.   ​I'​ll be including some more in the months ahead.
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 +Often in  School Assemblies I am asked questions by the children which I don't know the answer too.   This morning, whilst talking about Adam and Eve being expelled from the Garden of Eden, I was asked why God put the Tree of Life in, when it was the only fruit they couldn'​t eat; wouldn'​t it have been better if he hadn't bothered then they couldn'​t have been tempted? ​  I wasn't sure how to answer so I asked the class what they thought.
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 +An eight year old suggested that God put the Tree of life in the Garden not to tempt Adam and Eve, but because he wanted to be able to trust them; good answer I thought – and it is a very good response because it reflects God's desire to leave in love and companionship with us, where we trust in each other rather than feel obliged to do “what is right”. ​  So next time you ask me a difficult question, don't be surprised if I come back next week with the answer, because I'll have gone into school to ask the children!
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 +===== Thoughts from an 8 Year Old =====
 +Some thoughts from 8 year old Danny Dutton who,                            for his  homework, had to explain God.
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 +"One of God's main jobs is making people. He makes them to replace the ones that die, so there will be enough people to take care of things on earth. ​ He doesn'​t make grown-ups, just babies. I think because they are smaller and easier to make. That way he doesn'​t have to take up his valuable time teaching them to talk and walk,  He can just leave that to mothers and fathers."​
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 +God's second most important job is listening to prayers. ​  An awful lot of this goes on, since some people, like Vicars and things, pray at times beside bedtime. ​  God doesn'​t have time to listen to the radio or TV because of this.   ​Because he hears everything, there must be a terrible lot of noise in his ears, unless he has thought of a way to turn it off.   
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 +"God sees everything and hears everything and is everywhere which keeps Him pretty busy.    So you shouldn'​t go wasting his time by going over your Mum and Dad's head asking for something they said you couldn'​t have."​
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 +"​Atheists are people who don't believe in God. I don't think there are any in town.   At least there aren't any who come to our church."​
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 +==== Our Armed Forces ====
 +Please pray for those members of HM Armed Forces serving in Afghanistan,​ especially the members of 40 Commando Royal Marines from Norton Manor Camp, Taunton. ​ At 20th June, 6 of their number have been killed in action.
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 +==== From the Church Registers ====
 +|26th May|Donald Meetens of Shepton Beauchamp|Cremation at Taunton|
 +|19th June|Martyn Davies and Anna Rainbow|Joined in Holy Matrimony at Stocklinch|
 +|22nd June|Patricia Powell|Funeral Service and burial at Shepton Beauchamp|
  
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